Pastor’s Desk – the strength

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It is a good Day; There is so much coming up. Mark Mulligan will be doing a charity benefit concert in January at the church. Soon ‘Cookie Sunday’ will be twice a month. December 7 we have a seasonal potluck dinner at the church. There will be more information to come. Grief Share begins January 23 at 2:22 p.m.. Women’s Bible study begins in January. The mid week Bible study also begins in January. And I am sure my list is not complete. We are a busy active church in San Carlos.

There has been an unofficial breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. It was just myself and Frank and now others are coming too. Sometimes a couple of ladies show up to join with us. So it is not just men. There has been no agenda other than fellowship and breakfast. Usually it is my second breakfast of the morning.

The breakfast tells me that people are social. They are happy to just meet and visit. The conversation bounces around on various topics. Yesterday as we left one man stopped me and said, “What a great bunch of guys.” He is fairly new to SCCC and is glad to meet us. That comment says what I believe is the strength of SCCC. A great collection of people who have such variety and know Jesus as Saviour and Lord. The people are the strength of SCCC. Message me if you want to join the Unofficial breakfast on Tuesday.

Sadly and we are still shocked that Ken Geisler passed away Saturday morning December19. That was very unexpected as he seemed to be improving. Please pray for Debra and the family.

Howard D is still in the hospital in serious condition. They are really struggling to get him to move forward in his recovery. It is urgent that we pray for him. Pray also for Susan to have peace and be strong. She must be under a lot of pressure.

Also pray for Brenda K, who was surprised with a necessary surgery in Tucson. They continue to say she will be released the next day. However infection continues to be a problem and her release was delayed by a second surgery. They are hopeful the worse is over and with antibiotics she will get better.

I also want to remind you that soon we will be filling backpacks for children with school supplies and a small Christmas gift. This is a project of Koenes Ministries at Casa de Esperanza. We will be filling the backpacks December 12 at 9 a.m. on the church veranda. My experience from previous years Is that the work goes very quickly and does not take long.

Sunday, we took a different look at the story of the rich man who approached Jesus about how to have eternal life. The reading was from Matthew 19:16-26. There are many verses to land on in this text about wealth, eye of a needle or how he addressed Jesus as teacher or rabbi. But we wanted to try to understand the man himself and his motives for these questions and then his actions.

Notice first what commandments Jesus recites to the man and which he does not. He recites those commandments knowing well that the man was good at those but totally fails at the other four. Yes, you may need to compare to see that. The man failed at the commandments about God first. Why? Why did he keep the ‘social’ commandments so well and not the ‘God first’ not so well? I suggest that like us we do so well at what is seen by others so that our standing in the community and among peers is viewed that we are such a good virtuous person

Notice also that he wanted eternal life but not at the cost of surrendering his pleasures and wealth.  Everything about this man is a façade to give the impressions of who he was. Wealthy and virtuous! But not following God. I think he was his own idol and had his own untarnished image to keep!

So he turned away and did not accept the invitation to follow Jesus. He gave up eternal life to keep his short life. How sad. I leave this thought with another from Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”

For the rest of this message I invite you to the website of FB page to hear the entire message.

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.  Next Sunday, we begin the four Sundays of Advent

You can listen to Sunday messages the SCCC website You can listen to these messages @; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

or view on the SCCC facebook page.  https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

Events

1st Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday after service on the veranda.

1st Sunday each month, Celebration of the Lord’s Table.

Every Wednesday @ 9 a.m. – Ladies Mountain Mover’s Prayer.

Every Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study, prayer and breakfast at Tortuga’s. First time is free! Come on gentlemen.

Every Friday @ 5 p.m. – Youth Ministry

Every Sunday @ 9 a.m. –Children’s Church with Pastor Mayra; Bi lingual.

You can contact the church by email for more information about these events at office@sancarloscommunitychurch.com

We will be open for public worship services Sunday. Service will also be LIVE on Facebook. You do not need an account. If the “live” feed you are receiving is interrupted we encourage you to please return and go the page and bring up “Videos” and you will find the recorded video for each Sunday.

https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

Right Now Media. Is ready! SCCC has taken a one year membership with Rightnow Media. We are offering this resource to SCCC. I love using Rightnow Media and am very excited that you will be able to have this material resource too! It contains biblical educational videos that have accompanying study books that compliment the video, these can be used for group study or personal study. The studies available are of books of the Bible and also some that are topical. There are resources for adults, men, women, teens and videos teaching for children. I also found ‘conference’ videos that you can take advantage of. In all there are 20,000 videos available. That is a lot of education and inspiration material. The purpose of SCCC in offering this to you is to give you the resources to explore your faith and grow in Christian maturity.

This membership provides for us material in English and Spanish, so it suits our church community very well. Please take advantage of this material and let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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